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Updated April 17, 2012, 10:37 am betterhomesgardens
Boost your defences and beat the bugs this autumn and winter, in and out of your home!
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Germs. You can’t see them but they sure can see you. The sneaky little buggers seem to thrive despite your best efforts to keep them in check. At this time of year in particular, they’re lurking, ready to attack.Ever wondered what areas of your house are riddled with germs? Watch the video below and find out.
First, the good news. The body’s immune system is great at fending off nasties and will step up to protect you most of the time. The bad news is, we’re outnumbered! Bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa multiply by the trillions each day, and even surfaces that look perfectly clean could be harbouring potentially harmful germs.You don’t need to become obsessive-compulsive about eradicating every living microorganism, especially since doing so also kills off the good guys that help build immunity against illness.
But you do need to pay attention to personal hygiene and certain spots around the house you may have previously overlooked.
To win the war on germs, make sure you have rubber gloves, water, a good all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting/antibacterial wipes, bleach, paper towels, sponges, cleaning rags and distilled vinegar.Related links:
We have the usual suspects covered when it comes to cleaning – the toilet, bath, shower, kitchen countertops and floors. But there are other places that are prime breeding grounds for bugs. So, at least once a week, give the following things the once-over with antibacterial wipes or a cleaning agent.
Distilled white vinegar makes an excellent natural cleaning product when you don’t want to use harsh chemicals. Use at full strength to sanitise door knobs, tap handles, light switches and countertops. Or, mix one teaspoon of vinegar with two tablespoons of salt to form a paste and use to clean and shine stainless steel sinks and fixtures.
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